Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has requested a follow-up meeting with the Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh, on the matter of the establishment of Night Courts.
Night Courts have been proposed in an effort to expedite the backlog of court cases which have led to a situation of large numbers of persons being held on remand causing an overcrowding in the prisons.
For several years now, a growing number of persons have been held on remand for long periods, including for more than five years, while awaiting trial.
In a recent letter to the Chancellor, the Prime Minister advised that he had briefed President David Granger on the proposal for the Night Courts and received “favourable assurance”. Further, Prime Minister Nagamootoo noted that he had discussions with the Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, with regard to funding, and similarly, favourable assurances were forthcoming.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo has requested that the Chancellor as head of the Judiciary provide to the Executive, the budget for the Night Courts along with the logistical arrangements to operationalize the sittings to deal with the remand issue that has contributed to the congestion of prisons.
Prime Minister Nagamootoo had led a government team, which, on March 16, met with a team from the Judiciary headed by Chancellor Singh. The meeting was principally to discuss the backlog in court cases.
In describing that meeting as “very successful” the Prime Minister had said that it was a “wide-ranging discussion aimed at trying to get trials speedily held and to clear the congestion in the prison”.
Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, and Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, were also part of the government team.
In addition to the Chancellor, the team representing the judiciary included Chief Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards, Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-Hack and Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.
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